THE COVID tally climbed to a new high of 18,066 cases and 27 deaths today (Feb. 18) with Bangkok’s total being 3,518 cases and the authorities sealing off a workers camp at Lak Si district, TV Channel 7 said.
This daily total does not include 9,956 people who tested positive via ATK kit and are awaiting confirmation of infection by PCR.
The Omicron surge since the beginning of the year has now reached 451,042.
The Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) also mentioned that while another 12,511 patients had been cured there were still 149,000 patients undergoing treatment both in hospitals, hospitels, home and community isolation.
The number of people suffering from severe pneumonia rose to 755 with 182 requiring oxygen.
The Public Health Ministry is concerned that there are still over 2 million elderly people who have not been vaccinated with the children and grandchildren urged to bring them in to get jabbed because it is easy to get infected with Omicron which spreads fast.
Bangkok again topped the list of worst-hit provinces today with 3,518 cases followed by Samut Prakan with 963 cases, Chonburi 837, Nakhon Si Thammarat 750, Phuket 615 and trailing them are Nonthaburi, Nakhon Ratchasima, Nakhon Pathom, Samut Sakhon, Ratchaburi and Pathum Thani.
Bangkok’s Lak Si district authorities ordered the closure of a workers camp in Soi Vibhavadi Rangsit 25, or Soi Yai Phon, with no one allowed to enter or leave it for at least 10 days after 288 out of 845 people living there tested positive for Covid.
All the camp residents are now being screened for infection.
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